Author - HeatherAsh Amara

Blog Challenge: Day 7 – Try, try again

On Ash Wednesday I set out to write a blog a day, for forty days. I enthusiastically wrote five blogs in a row, and then my wagon of discipline came untethered from the horse of motivation, lost a wheel and went into a ditch. So I wrote a sixth blog, saying I would be back momentarily. That moment stretched a long time, and that particular horse settled in for a lengthy nap. You see, I broke my own rule. One of my knowings about setting [...]

40 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5 – Be Creative

Let's talk about the creative power of our words. In her book Walking in the Light Sandra Ingerman says “Words are seeds that grow in your inner garden. You need to focus to be aweare of how you speak about yourself, others, and the world. The phrase abracadabra is an Aramaic term. The Aramaic term is abraq ad habra. Literally this translates to “I will create as I speak.” When we want to release one thing and bring in something new [...]

40 Day Blog Challenge: Day 4 – Be Compassionate

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our [...]

40 Day Blog Challenge: Day 3 – Be Bold

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents [...]

40 Day Blog Challenge: Day 2 – Be Aware

Using Awareness to Shift Out of Stuckness You know those pesky things that you want to change but never seem to be able to shift? Do you struggle to meditate or exercise daily even when you know it is good for you? Or do you keep procrastinating on cleaning out your messy closet? Do you have the best intentions to improve your diet but can’t seem to stop yourself from eating that candy bar at 3 pm each day? Do you [...]

New Year’s global fire puja and India Blog #2

Light a candle for peace on January 1st You all know I love fire (and the color purple, and french fries, and hot tea. But especially fire). So when my friends Kayla and Ramakrishna invited me to join in a global fire puja (ceremony) for the New Year I said yes immediately. The vision for the New Year’s global Puja for Peace is for people around the world to light a candle or a bonfire either alone or with a [...]

From the archive: How to Take Action to be and Live Your Authentic Self

Spiritual Integrity is a remembering, a weaving of our scattered parts into a solid whole. We step into our Spiritual Integrity when our thoughts, actions, and emotions stem from our essence, rather than our strategies and old patterns. On this journey, at times we may feel confusion, wondering, "How do I know who/what is the real me? What is my integrity?" And other times we have a clear sense that something in our life does not match who we [...]

Solstice Blessings from India – 34 Million Hugs and Counting

Date: December 20, 2016 Location: Amritapuri ashram, Kerala state, India. Mission: Rest, renewal, inner cleansing;  aka solo spiritual bootcamp Inspiration: Amma; aka the hugging saint I’m currently sitting in the back corner of the main dining and worship hall as Amma hugs and councils and blesses person after person. She is physically too far away for me to see details, but modern technology has projected her image up on a large screen above her so the audience can see each smile, head nod, [...]

How my community dance a nuclear power plant closed

How my community dance a nuclear power plant closed

Later today I’ll be barefoot on my former campus quad of UC Davis, dancing to a band that I’ve been friends with since the late 1980’s. That band, a family called Clan Dyken, has been singing and inspiring and taking action for decades to support the environment and indigenous peoples. It was during a Clan Dyken concert on the lawn of the state capital in Sacramento with my friend Autumn (that is the two of us yesterday at Whole Earth Festival, [...]